We all know goals are an important part of success. Whether our objective is personal or professional, having a goal provides us with a “thing” to focus on to achieve that objective.
Over the years I have found 3 actions that have improved my ability to reach my goals. I’ll share my hints this week. Today, my first hint is visualization.
Visualization is a powerful way to gain clarity of your goal. What is it you really want? Can you see it? What does it look like?
When I was younger I had a poster in my room with a picture of a mountain range in Arizona. I was mesmerized by that picture and promised myself that one day I would live near the mountains. And while I never got to Arizona I did move, and live in Reno, Nevada for two years at the base of the Sierra Nevada’s. A goal achieved.
So what goal are you striving for in 2016? Is it a new house? A new car? A specific weight you’re trying to reach? A book you’re trying to write? A new job? A vacation? Bungee jumping? Taking up a new sport or activity?
Find a quiet place to think. Close your eyes and visualize exactly what the goal is you’re going after. What does it look like? Be as specific as possible. Where is it? What color is it? How does it look? What will you be feeling when you reach the goal; your emotions? When will you reach it? What’s the timeframe?
The more detail you can place around your goal through visualization the more likely you’ll be able to achieve it. In his book The Success Principles, author Jack Canfield talks about how visualization activates the subconscious mind. The more you visualize your goal the more your subconscious mind works to bridge the gap between your current reality and the goal you’re focused on. He goes on to say, “Your creative subconscious can only think in pictures, not words.” Having a clear picture, a visual, of the goal you’re trying to achieve is the first step to successfully achieving that goal.
Stay tuned for Wednesday’s second hint on improving your success in reaching your goals.